Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Look carefully

Do you see what we see? Look carefully!!! One of our new Dalmatian Mollies had babies!!! We've counted 7 so far! Exciting!!!!!

**UPDATE: We got a special tank for our babies and as we scooped them out we have now found 12! We're really enjoying watching them and can't believe how small they are.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Learning about fractions

We have been learning about fractions and how they must be shared "fair and square". In first grade, we specifically work on halves and fourths. We learned that every time you fold a paper in 1/2 that the pieces you create double. For example is your paper has 2 equal part and you fold it again for another 2 equal parts you will have 4 equal parts. We use the ditty, "double, double, half, half" to help us remember this. Ask your child to share the ditty with you as well as the hand actions that we use to show it.

Screenshot of Pizza Fraction app
Here is a link to one of the fun and FREE apps that reinforces fraction knowledge. Pizza Fractions

You could also use the FREE Geoboard app and have your child make a particular shape and then have them "cut" it into half or fourths. Or practice our "double, double, half, half" routine.
Geoboard app icon

Another great way to reinforce fractions with our child and one of the concepts that can be tricky is to draw a number of object such as 12 hearts and then have your child loop 1/2 or 1/4 of the shapes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Learning about comparison symbols

10  > 3 according to this group. Check out the balance scale
picture to go along with their cube train and number sentence.
In math on Friday we learned about comparison symbols ( <  > ) To practice our new knowledge, kiddos worked with a partner to build various sized cube trains and then compared their lengths using number sentences that included a comparison symbol.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Fun

We had a few surprises on St. Patrick's Day. Including a leprechaun named Louie who left us a note and made a mess of our room!
We had fun participating in an online project to find out how many marshmallows were in a box of Lucky Charms. We made predictions and shared them with a class in Iowa via our Twitter feed. We then sorted, counted, and graphed our results. When we finished we added up the total for each of the marshmallow shapes and were quite surprised by the results. Our original job was to find out if there were more hats (clovers) than any other marshmallow in the box. We not only found that to be true, but were surprised at how few of some of the other shapes that were in a our box. (We had an XL Sam's Club sized box)
These were our results from our box
of Lucky Charms
Later in the afternoon, we Skype's with Mrs. DeGroot's class in Iowa to share our results and compare our results with theirs. They were not able to find the same size box as we had so their teacher bought 2 small boxes to equal the same size as our box. Would you believe that they had more marshmallows in almost every single category and that they had 200 more marshmallows all together?? We had a pretty interesting discussion in our class after analyzing the results.
Mrs. DeGroot sent a tweet about our
Skype call on Twitter